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The Filipino people need your help, after the worst storm in recorded history-
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Over 4 million people in 270 towns and cities spread
across 36 provinces in Central Philippines were impacted, and as many as 10,000
lives have been claimed thus far and it is estimated many thousands more will
perish due to homelessness, hunger, dehydration and lack of medical aid.
Contribute what you can to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
Bayanihan Relief effort. You can donate online by visiting NAFCON and
clicking the DONATE button.
HARVEST OF EMPIRE wins the IMAGEN AWARD
Harvest of Empire, the critically acclaimed
documentary on immigration produced and directed by Latino/a filmmakers, won the
prestigious Imagen Award for Best Documentary Feature at a star filled ceremony
in LA August 16th. Produced by Wenday Thompson-Marquez and co-directed by
Eduardo Lopez and Peter Getzels, Harvest of Empire exposes the direct connection
between the long history of US intervention in Latin America and the immigration
crisis today. For 28 years, the coveted Imagen Awards have honored the
best film and television productions created by or about Latinos in the United
States. The black-tie ceremony was hosted by journalist Elizabeth
Espinosa, and featured an audience of approximately 500 attendees representing
the entertainment industry and the national Latino community. The film HARVEST OF
EMPIRE had previously won the ABC News VideoSource Award at the IDA Documentary Awards 2012.
Roddy Bogawa at MOMA this past September!
LA born and raised, Japanese American Roddy Bogawa studied art and sculpture and
played in punk bands before turning to film. This experimental filmmaker
influenced by punk, Andy Warhol, Godard and Ozu, makes work that explores
internal conflict, the relationship between individuals and their environment,
and how identity is shaped by culture and history. Several of his films
will screen at the Museum of Modern Art this September, including "Some Divine
Wind" (distributed by Third World Newsreel), "I was Born, But..." and "Junk" and
his latest documentary, "Taken by Storm: the Art of Storm Thorgerson and
Hipgnosis" (a TWN fiscal sponsored project). Bogawa is a professor at New
Jersey State University and lives in NYC. For more info.
The Other Town won Best Historical Documentary at the Greek Film
Festival in Chicago
THE OTHER TOWN won Best Historical Documentary at the Greek
Film Festival Chicago. Congratulations to film director Nefin Dinç for this
well-deserved achievement! In THE OTHER TOWN, Greek award-winning writer
Hercules Millas and Turkish award-winning filmmaker Nefin Dinç join forces to
document the mutual contempt between the locals of two towns, Dimitsana in the
Peloponnese region of Greece and Birgi in western Turkey. Through candid
interviews with young students and senior citizens, this documentary film
explores the ways in which hostile relations between the people of Greece and
Turkey exist not so much due to their turbulent past history, but due to
contemporary nationalistic mentalities and education. Watch the trailer.
Audre Lorde - The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 Won Audience Award
for Best Documentary at the Barcelona G&L Film Festival and
Festival Favorite Award at the Palm Springs Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Third World Newsreel is pleased to announce that AUDRE
LORDE- THE BERLIN YEARS 1984 TO 1992 won these two awards. Congratulations to film director
Dagmar Schultz for this well-deserved achievement! AUDRE LORDE- THE BERLIN YEARS
1984 TO 1992 explores a little-known chapter of feminist activist poet Lorde’s prolific life, a period
in which she helped ignite the Afro-German Movement and made lasting
contributions to the German political and cultural scene before and after the
fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification. Watch the trailer on TWN’s
The 2013 Fall Evening Workshops - Done for now - stay tuned for February
Besides its intensive TWN Production Workshop, TWN also sponsors a walk-in
series of workshops on various production topics. All are either sliding scale
or free, and presented at various locations. For more info email email@example.com.
See our just-finished lineup this fall.
Thursday, October 10th at 6:30 PM - Planning your Transmedia Production
and Social Media Outreach with Ann Bennett
Ann Bennett is a documentary producer,
most recently for Through A Lens Darkly; and a transmedia
producer for the national multimedia community engagement initiative, Digital
Diaspora Family Reunion. This one-night workshop will include tips and
techniques for starting on your social media plan and configuring your doc for
various media platforms.
Location - Domestic Workers United, 10 West 37th Street, Suite 4W.
Cosponsored by Domestic Workers United.
Thursday, October 17th at 6:00 PM - JESSE OWENS Screening and Director Laurens Grant
Jesse Owens, the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, became the most famous athlete of his time, winning 4 Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, infuriating the Nazis. But when he returned to the U.S., he still faced racism. Laurens Grant, who directed this Emmy nominated documentary, is the award winning producer of FREEDOM RIDERS and is also directing/producing ROKIA: VOICE OF A NEW GENERATION, about the West African singer-songwriter Rokia Traore. FREE but RSVP required, limited seating.
Location: 136 West 21st Street, First Floor.
Cosponsored by the School of Visual Arts SocDoc Program.RSVP now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 PM - Editing and Directing: Master Class with Sam Pollard
Sam Pollard is the award winning director of numerous documentaries, from the EYES ON THE PRIZE series to THE BLUES, to SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME. He is also the acclaimed editor of such films as VENUS AND SERENA, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE, PETE SEEGER, GIRL 6 and CLOCKERS. Pollard will show clips and talk about his work and navigating the industry. FREE but RSVP required. Limited seating.
Location: City College, 160 Convent Avenue @ 138th Street. Room 391 Shepard
Cosponsored by the Media and Communication Arts Department and the Documentary Forum of City College.
Wednesday, October 30th at 6:30 PM - Legal Issues for the Indie Filmmaker: Fair Use and E&O
Daivd Morrison, Executive Director of the Indie Film Clinic at Cardozo Law School, along with filmmaker/lawyer S. Casper Wong go over issues dear to the heart of indie filmmakers - what can you use as"Fair Use" - and new issues have come up! Plus - what and why do we have to deal with E&O, and what does the Indie Film Clinic do? FREE but RSVP required. Limited seating.
Location: 25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floor, Room 1000.
Cosponsored by the Asian American Women Media Makers.
Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 PM - Distribution and Marketing - Before You Shoot with Roselly Torres.
Roselly Torres is the Director of Distribution and Marketing at Third World Newsreel, and previously worked at LAVA (Latin America Video Archives) She will talk about what filmmakers need to be working on even before they produce their project, and how to prepare to distribute and market your film. Sliding Scale: $10-20.
Third World Newsreel, 545 Eighth Ave, Suite 550 @ 38th street
All workshops except for those marked "FREE" are
suggested $20 (sliding scale for low income/students)
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For info on locations and registration, email: email@example.com.
TWN Seeks Graphic Design & Final Cut Pro Interns
If you have graphic design or Final Cut Pro experience, live in New York City and
need to add more credits to your resume, please apply to our internship program
at Third World Newsreel. Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and
Designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films, the Documentary Lab is an intensive seven-week program that runs in Los Angeles in March and April.
Deadline: December 2nd, 2013
For More Info
MNN El Barrio Firehouse Television Studio Program for Youth
The MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center is starting a new Television Studio Program for youth from Jan.15th to Feb. 12th, 2014. This free program will provide young people with hands-on training in two state-of-the-art television studios where they will work collaboratively to develop a youth-produced and interest-driven television show.
Deadline: December 21, 2013
Media Arts Assistance Fund
Support for individual artists in distribution and exhibition (up to $10,000) and organizational technology and capacity needs (up to $4,000). This is NYSCA EMF regrant support administered by Wave Farm.
Deadline: January 1, 2014
more info for individual artists
more info for organizations
HOT DOCS FORUM
This limited-seating event is focused around a slate of pre-selected project-presentations and has established itself as North America's essential international market event for buyers and sellers working in the social, cultural and political documentary genres. More than 190 broadcasters and distributors from Europe, Australia, the USA, Canada and elsewhere regularly participate and the Hot Docs Forum has proven highly successful for the projects presented, as well as the rest of the delegates.
Deadline: January 16th, 2014
ITVS Open Call
Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.
Deadline: January 17, 2014 at 4:00 PM PST.
Catapult Film Fund
Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes.
Deadline: January 31st, 2014
NALAC Fund for the Arts
This is a national grant program open to US-based Latino working artists, ensembles and small to mid-sized Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts.
Deadline: February 6, 2014
The Fledgling Fund is a private foundation driven by the passionate belief that film can inspire a better world. How does this happen? With thoughtful plans designed to move audiences from passive viewers to motivated citizens who are ready to act.
Deadline for initial query letter: February 7th, 2014
For More info
NYFA's 2014 Artists' Fellowships
NYFA's online application for the 2014 Artists' Fellowships is now open. The following categories will be reviewed during the 2013 - 2014 cycle:
Digital/Electronic Arts,Crafts/Sculpture,Non-Fiction Literature,Poetry,Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts.
Deadline: February 10th
Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics
The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports documentary films that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities. These projects are meant to spark Americans' engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship.
Deadline: June 11, 2014 for Projects Beginning January 2015
Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to individual film and video artists
living in New York City who work in the genres of experimental, narrative,
animation, and documentary production.
Ford has announced its Social Issue Film Funding Initiative. A total of
approximately $16 million will be given through an open-application process to
filmmakers and mediamakers around the world who are working to create
documentaries that address urgent social issues.
ITVS International Initiative
The International Initiative was created to give U.S.audiences access to international stories and voices on American television and new media platforms. International funding is only available to independent filmmkaers who are neither U.S. citizens nor residents of the U.S.
The Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund
(TWN) family suffered three tremendous losses in 2010 with the passing of some
extraordinary workshop alumni: Jennifer Fasulo, Miriam Akoma Perez, and Laura
Dottin. As families, friends, activists and media arts communities heal from
these tragic losses, we also want to pay tribute to these strong and talented
women. Please see our memorial section below to read about their lives and work.
The leadership of Third World Newsreel has created the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez
Memorial Workshop Fund which will provide funding for the TWN Workshops. All
three of these women were accomplished media makers whose lives had been changed
by participation in TWN Workshops, a 34 year old program that has trained
hundreds of socially committed filmmakers. What more fitting way to pay tribute
than to facilitate the path for other emerging socially conscious filmmakers to
learn their craft? The Board of Directors of Third World Newsreel hopes that all
who can, will make a generous contribution for the 2011 calendar year to support
the Dottin-Fasulo-Perez Memorial Workshop Fund. To donate online, or for
information on making donations, please go to our
Announcing the TWN Film Preservation Fund
Third World Newsreel is working with the Preservation Committee of the
original Newsreel film collective to preserve many of the original Newsreel
films. Numerous historic short activist films were made in the late 60's and
early 70's - from Columbia Revolt
to Break and Enter
that are at
We recently finished the preservation of the films "Make Out" about a young
woman's inner thoughts during a date, and "Janie's Janie", an
important but rarely seen documentary shot in Newark by Geri Ashur, Marilyn
Mulford, Stephanie Palewski and others. It follows a woman who comes to see the
need to organize against a system that oppresses her at every turn - because she
is poor, divorced and a woman. An early feminist film, this project is deeply
personal and complex. These two films were preserved with the support of New York Women in
Film and Television's Women's Film Preservation Fund. NYWIFT also
help support the preservation of "The Women's Film" a classic early women's
We need your help to restore our other films, like "Columbia Revolt".
This film and other high caliber historic documentaries are at risk of being
lost for ever! It is critical that we preserve the early TWN films for future
generations of students, scholars, activists and audiences. To donate online, or
for information on making donations, please go to our
H2A Partners With Third World Newsreel on Indie Distribution Label, H2ONewsreel
The Hip-Hop Association (H2A) has been working with Third World Newsreel (TWN)
through a partnership called H2ONewsreel, to provide the Best in
Hip-Hop Media, Education, and Culture.
H2O NEWSREEL is poised to be the leading Hip-Hop multi-media independent
developer and distribution outlet. It acquires media projects and facilitates
the creation of curriculums and study guides for the education and urban entertainment markets.
H2ONEWSREEL offers among the most competitive percentage agreement to independent filmmakers
and split profits on a non-exclusive agreement. Formed in September 2008,
H2ONEWSREEL is now releasing its titles to the international educational sector.
H2ONEWSREEL is featuring documentaries including: Masizakhe: Building Each
Other (US/S. Africa), Frekuensia Kolombiana (Colombia), and an award winning
short series collection. o year-round exhibitions at different venues throughout
the US and internationally. Through online partnerships, we promote
upcoming screenings, trailers and shorts. Filmmakers whose projects are aligned with the
H2O NEWSREEL mission will be selected to work closely with staff members on
their marketing campaigns, programming and distribution goals, so that the H2A
can offer more cultivation and resources.
For more information on H2ONewsreel, go to the
James Allen Thigpen, Jr., passed suddenly Wednesday, January 13, 2010
in Columbus, Ohio. Fondly known as Jim, he was born May 28, 1950 in Columbus. He
is preceded in death by father , James A. Thigpen, Sr. He is survived by mother,
Louise of Columbus; sister Dorothy of Brooklyn, NY; brothers Steve (Veda) of
Columbus, Barry (Riccarda) of Franklin, TN, Robert (Molly) of New Albany, OH,
and life companion of 38 years, Larry J. Willis of Columbus, along with a host
of cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim graduated from East High School and with
honors from Ohio State University, with a degree in Psychology. He resided and
worked in a number of professional capacities in Columbus and New York City, and
owned a computer software development business. But Jim’s longest efforts were
on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Throughout New York State, he was widely recognized as an effective advocate for
the principles of equal protection, justice and fairness for all. He had a great
passion for the arts, the internet, Web and software development. He developed
e-commerce websites and database applications for non-profit art and government
entities. Colleagues and friends describe Jim as always kind, empathetic,
sincere, respectful, and loyal toward every person. His kindness and compassion
will live in our hearts forever. The crew at Third World Newsreel remains
devastated by this loss. Jim was our beloved friend, co-worker, webmaster - in
fact he designed our upgraded website - and he was our consummate
a member of the 2010 Production Workshop, passed away October
25th, 2010, after a long illness. Laura was truly a passionate and dedicated
activist starting with her involvement with C.O.R.E. as a student during the
sixties. An anti-war activist, Laura was a founding member of the Black Student
Union at SUNY New Paltz and worked with migrant workers in the area. Later,
Laura became Vice Chairperson of Organization of Staff Analysis, a group that
fought and won collective bargaining rights for workers. She also worked with
organizations such as the African National Reparations Organization, Brooklyn
Neighborhood Improvement Association, National Black United Front, and the
Patrice Lumumba Coalition. For over a decade Laura worked with the African and
Caribbean Resource Center, producing community forums and radio programs. She
traveled extensively to Cuba, Grenada and Canada representing the organization.
Her media work started in the 80’s with WBAI-FM where she was a volunteer and
researcher for “Behind The News” and continued with her starting and
co-producing, with three other colleagues, the monthly news magazine “Cuba in
Focus” which still airs today. Laura also produced at WBAI the news magazine
“Caribbean Perspective”. A self proclaimed “computer geek”, Laura worked
professionally with computers as a manager of a computer support group. Her long
involvement with video and audio started in the 80’s where she documented and
recorded community activities and political struggles. Laura truly saw the
interrelationship of various media, computer technology, and the internet as a
means and tool for political activity. Her desire to be a storyteller and to
produce documentaries that spoke to our place in the world was her motivation to
be in the Production Workshop. To quote her, “I think every life is interesting
and instructive – it is the storyteller who must capture the essence”. Laura's
compassion and love for other people was always evident and she will be missed.
A memorial was held October 31st, 2010 in Brooklyn.
Miriam 'Sa'uuda Akoma Nsoroma' Perez
passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 24, 2010 in Ka'apuli, Hawaii,
while on vacation. Born in Brooklyn, Miriam is survived by her loving and
talented daughter, Maryam Afiya Perez, devoted friend Dorothy Thigpen, her
sisters and her brothers, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear
friends, including TWN's staff. Miriam and her daughter Afiya are part of the
Third World Newsreel family. Miriam was a beloved teacher of English and
Literature at Cobble Hill High School, and was one semester away from receiving
her Masters of Arts in Media Studies and Film from the New School of Social
Research. Miriam was also an accomplished writer, artist and documentary
filmmaker, and was awarded a Development Cohort grant from the Fledgling Fund in
2009 for her current documentary project, HOLLER. Her first film Walking with
FUREE, is part of Third World Newsreel's Call for Change Series and has screened
at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the
Brooklyn Academy of Music and many more national and international venues.
Miriam was an alumna of Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production
Workshop. Miriam was passionate about using her artistic skills to address
social justice and fairness for all. As an avid believer in the Buddhist
principles of moral thought and action, Miriam was compassionate, loving, kind
and generous to all and always spiritually positive in her life pursuits. Her
beauty and intelligence will be missed and never forgotten by all. Memorial
services were held on September 3, 2010, at The Church Of The Open Door, in
Jennifer Fasulo A tragic accident in the summer of 2010 took from us
a committed and talented filmmaker, Jennifer Fasulo. An esteemed alumna of the
TWN Production Workshop, Jennifer was dedicated to feminism and social justice
activism, a testament to her integrity and compassion. Her first video, Women’s
Struggles For Freedom In Iraq (co-produced with Liz Miller), was selected for
the World Social Forum Film Festival in 2003. For several years she worked as an
Assistant Producer for Joy of Resistance: Multi-Cultural Feminist Radio at WBAI
Community Radio in NYC. Her writing has appeared in Women's ENews, ZNet,
Salon.com and the radical feminist journal Rain and Thunder. Her 2009 workshop
documentary, PRIMETIME: Fighting Back Against Foreclosure (with co-producer
Manauvaskar Kublall) is a strikingly human and concise explanation of the
subprime mortgage crisis and its disproportionate impact on families of color.
The video screened at the MoMA Doc Fortnight in 2009 and is being used by many
communities and classrooms today. We will miss her big smile, bright intellect,
talent and great heart at Third World Newsreel.